AI Foundations: Imagine Cup Junior

Intermediate
K-12 Educator
Azure
Microsoft MakeCode
Minecraft
Windows Mixed Reality

This learning path introduces the fundamentals of artificial intelligence and how it's applied in everyday life. AI already plays an integral part of our lives whether we realize it or not. With simple actions such as searching for websites or getting online help, we're engaging with an AI component in the background. Learning more about AI helps students develop their knowledge and understanding of what the components of AI are and grasp how it all comes together. Learning about AI also enables students to make use of AI tools in their programming and provide them with opportunities to learn more about this fast-growing area that will dominate how we work in years to come. Finally, studying AI helps students appreciate a journey they can undertake to consider working in this area in the future. The learning path is based on the first module of the Imagine Cup Junior AI for Good challenge from Microsoft. Registration to access additional modules and educator and student resources is available at www.imaginecup.com/junior.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the concepts around AI programming
  • Describe how AI is used in industry and daily life
  • Explain the basics of Python programming
  • Identify how Minecraft: Education Edition and Hour of Code introduce AI

Prerequisites

None

Modules in this learning path

Learn what AI is, why it's needed, and how cloud computing and platforms relate to it. This module is part of the AI Foundations: Imagine Cup Juniors learning path.

An introduction to how AI is applied in daily life and across industries, including aspects of AI such as NLG and speech recognition. This module is part of the AI Foundations: Imagine Cup Juniors learning path.

Explore the roles and types of APIs and databases and how they are a part of programming. This module is part of the AI Foundations: Imagine Cup Juniors learning path.

Explore two of the computing languages used for AI programming, R and Python. Learn about Minecraft and The Hour of Code. This module is part of the AI Foundations: Imagine Cup Juniors learning path.